Kindred of the East: Crimson Empires
Branding the Criminal
Branding the Criminal, lvl 2
The Resplendent Cranes, like the Devil-Tigers, often take it upon themselves to punish the unrighteous. Through this rite, the Crane marks the forehead of someone she believes to be unrighteous with a single character. The ink is the Crane’s own blood mixed with powdered gold and jade. Some Cranes perform this rite on the wicked as they lie sleeping, and others use the Yin Prana and apply it to them unawares. it is important, however, that the victim not know they are marked, or else, they’re likely to remove the sigil before it has the desired effect.
The rite takes about 10 minutes and is performed over the blood, which is enough for one marking.. The blood must then be used by the next sunrise. The kaja character used is invisible to mortals but is perfectly visible to shen, holy men and mediums. Regardless of whether it is visible or not, it gives the viewer a distinct sense that the victim is whatever is depicted by the character (which must be negative). The character cannot be detected by the victim and remains clear and unsmudged until washed off by clean water – sweat will not do nor will falling rain.
Common characters are those for jackass, rapist, theif, murderer and so on. This usually results in a +1 difficulty to all social rolls but can be significantly more if the person can actually see the rune or detests whatever the character represents. Likewise, it could be of no consequence- someone in a den of brigands who thought his drinking partner was a rapist probably would neither be surprised nor care.